Hosted by Don Costante, an expert specializing in sports and event management.
Since 1994, with more than 2,000 events produced Don has been creating authentic experiences for premier sports organizations such as MLB, NBA, WNBA, AHL, NAIA, EPL, NCAA and others. No detail too small, no problem too complex, his meticulous approach and robust experience is what it takes to deliver best-in-class events.
The Rundown Podcast is a unique opportunity to hear from some of the best in the sports and event management industry that Don has worked with during his 25-year career. With episodes releasing in January 2020, guests from the NBA, MLB, NFL and many other sports organizations will provide insightful and realistic perspectives for what it takes to create authentic experiences to connect with audiences.
Interview with Sharon delPilar
In this episode, Don interviews Sharon delPilar who shares her path to becoming the Production Stage Manager for Magic Mike Live. Listen as Sharon illustrates the differences between stage management and production stage management and provides a behind-the-scenes look at what she does for the show. Also, she identifies the skillset required to be successful in this field, outlines her self-development strategy, offers some resources for anyone looking to become more marketable, and much more!
Interview with Chad Folkestad
In this episode, Don has a conversation with Chad Folkestad who shares his career path, event presentation philosophy, and talks candidly about storytelling and the creative process he utilizes to generate award-winning content. Listen as Chad illustrates his methods for creating an organic environment that relies heavily on spontaneity. They touch on a variety of topics including… keys to great storytelling, getting players to “buy in” to projects, tactics for generating content ideas, facilitating meaningful ideation sessions, getting ideas approved through leadership, and much more!
Interview with Andrew Johnson
In this episode, Don interviews Andrew Johnson who shares his path to becoming the mascot performer for the Houston Texans. Listen as Andrew breaks down the three areas every great mascot should focus on. Also, he provides advice to those who manage mascots, identifies the ideal skillset for performers, points out some of the biggest mistakes made by mascots today and much more! If you’re a mascot, someone who oversees a mascot program, or you enjoy a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the sports industry… you’re going to love this discussion!
Interview with Ahmaad Crump
In this episode, Don has a conversation with 16-year NBA in-arena host veteran, Ahmaad Crump. Listen as Ahmaad shares his experience and talks openly about his path to becoming an emcee for the Cleveland Cavaliers. During their conversation, they touch on several topics including communication between Game Director and Emcee, handling situations with multiple hosts, advice on becoming a successful emcee, common mistakes, and much more!
Tim Tubito, National Football League
In this episode, Don has a conversation with Tim Tubito who shares his event presentation philosophy and takes listeners “behind-the-shield” revealing the NFL’s methodology in facilitating two of their large-scale events… the NFL Draft and the Super Bowl. During their discussion, Tim uncovers logistical details that illustrate exactly why the NFL is considered a leader in the sports and entertainment industry. Listen as Tim provides insight into his role as Club Liaison, the pandemic’s impact on the NFL Draft and Super Bowl, how technology was utilized to deliver enhanced experiences, and much more!
Interview with Michelle McComas
In this episode, Don interviews Michelle McComas who shares her career path, event presentation philosophy, and reveals entertainment best practices that have helped position the Chicago Bulls as a leader in the NBA. Listen as Michelle speaks passionately about her strategy for utilizing and incorporating entertainment resources, development and recruitment of talent, the creative process for performances, importance of branding, how she measures success and much more!
Great tempo and content!
Phenomenal & inspirational
As a young professional in the game/event presentation business these interviews have been a wealth of ideas and inspiration on how to better myself and the show. Really appreciate the insight given and look forward to the new episodes
Such a great podcast by Don Costante that stands out!
What I really like about this podcast is that it goes in-depth and talks about interesting things about every aspect of the business with every guest! Thank you Don!!